Anniston Army Depot formally closes chemical division

Anniston Army Depot formally closes chemical division

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As part of the ceremony, the division's flag was folded up and stored in a case. Source: WBRC video As part of the ceremony, the division's flag was folded up and stored in a case. Source: WBRC video
ANNISTON, AL (WBRC) -

Tuesday in Anniston, a special ceremony helped close an entire division of the Anniston Army Depot.

It was a bittersweet and historic day in Calhoun County as the flag of the Anniston Chemical Division was taken down and put in a case.

The division housed chemical weapons from 1961 until about two years ago. All of those weapons have been safely destroyed. The workers retired, transferred to other parts of the depot or other depots.

"It is kind of a bittersweet moment, we all knew this was coming. We all worked very hard to make sure that the community was safe, that we didn't harm the environment. We did a very good job of doing that, and now our job is done," Make Abrams, a former member of the division, said.

The specially-built incinerator that disposed of those weapons will now be taken apart and shipped to other depots with similar activities.

Demolition will begin later this year on the building that housed the incinerator. Officials hope to complete that work by 2014.

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